Feel free to post during the month – and join us on December 15 at 10:30 for our discussion.
Our subject for December is food – and while we had a lot of people who thought that was a limiting subject – “I don’t want to read recipes” – food is a major factor of our culture and all others. Here is a listing of just a few of the titles that would fit nicely into this category:
My Life in France – Julia Child
Julie and Julia – Julie Powell
Kitchen Confidential – Anthony Bourdain
Medium Raw – Anthony Bourdain
Alice Waters and Chez Panisse – Thomas McNamee
Tender at the Bone: Ruth Reichl
Comfort Me with Apples – Ruth Reichl
The Art of Eating – M. F. K. Fisher
The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food – Judith Jones
Life is Meals – A Food Lover’s Book of Days – James and Kay Salter
Animal, Vegetable, Miracle – Barbara Kingsolver
The Omnivore’s Dilemma – Michael Pollan
Botany of Desire – Michael Pollan
Best Food Writing 2012 – Holly Hughes
The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook – Deb Perelman
Bitter Greens – Anthony Di Renzo
The Men’s Health Big Book of Food and Nutrition – Joel Weber
The Essential Pepin – Jacques Pepin
In Nonna’s Kitchen – Carol Field
Smokehouse Ham, Spoon Bread, & Scuppernong Wine – Joseph E. Dabney
The Recipe Club – Andrea Israel, Nancy Garfinkel
Kitchen Chinese – Ann Mah
The Body in the Vestibule – Katherine Hall Page
Growing Your Own food – Monte Burch
The Farmer’s Wife Guide to Growing a Great Garden and Eating from it Too – Barbara Doyen
The Food, Folklore, and Art of Lowcountry Cooking – Joseph E. Dabney
The Art of Simple Food – Alice Waters
Lost Arts: A Celebration of Culinary Traditions – Lynn Alley
Cooking for Jewish New Year – Jayne Cohen
Christmas in the Kitchen – Southern Living Magazine
Eat pray love – Elizabeth Gilbert
Eating Animals – Jonathan Safran Foer
Eating: A memoir – Jason Epstein
The American Way of Eating – Tracie McMillan
Alice, Let’s Eat – Calvin Trillin
The Man Who Couldn’t Eat – Jon Reiner
Words to Eat by: Five foods and the Culinary History of the English Language – Ina Lipkowitz
The Italian Summer: Golf, Food, and Family at Lake Como – Roland Merullo
Under the Tuscan Sun – Frances Mayes
Food Journeys of a Lifetime – National Geographic
The Food Bridge to Everywhere – Lenny Karpman
French Lessons: Adventures with Knife, Fork, and Corkscrew – Peter Mayle
Lunch in Paris: A Love Story, with Recipes – Elizabeth Bard
We define the year ending in June – but for those who like to read ahead – here are the subjects coming up
January – The long winter nights lend themselves to introspective reading. Choose a classic – any classic.
February – Valentine’s Day means we need to read a romance. Do you like yours subtle or steamy?
March – It’s OSCAR time. Choose a book that’s been made into a movie and then – perhaps – watch the movie and decide if they did it right.
April – April is poetry month. Choose a favorite poet, a collection of poetry or whatever brings poetry to your mind.
May – Spring is here and we need to appreciate nature. What kind of book does that for you? A gardening book, a novel, a book about really cute animals?
June – Ends our first challenge. Time to think about summer travel – actual or armchair. Choose a book that takes you away and join us for a light lunch to celebrate your achievement.
Because things get lost in the comments as we move on, thought I would add a new subject so we can discuss all the books we are reading in the history (broadly defined) category.